Adventure truck 1971 Ford F-250 comes with its own outdoors gear

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The truck even has a canoe on its roof

After all the high-end glory and grandeur of Monterey Car Week, the Pick of the Day brings us back to earth with a good-old Ford pickup truck with an adventurer twist.

The 1971 Ford F-250 Custom is an unusual find, standing in apparently original condition, other than a repaint, and having been driven just over 47,000 miles, according to the Lithia Springs, Georgia, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com.

Ford“No doubt this venerable truck could tell some stories,” the seller says in the ad. “Refinished a while back in a Green Mist shade, it appears about as able-bodied as the day it left the factory, though of course its rugged travels don’t come without some surface mementos along the way.

“So, as you take a lap around it you’ll see isolated evidence of its toils, despite its limited mileage, but it’s undeniably sturdy, with side contours that meet up nicely as the cab merges with the bed area, and a hood and doors that are surrounded by tight even lines, and open and shut without issue.”

But that’s only part of the story.

Ford“Looking as ready for action as can be, this sturdy workhorse comes with a plethora of fishing and camping equipment already on board that ably echoes its adventure-oriented purpose,” the ad notes.

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“It’s outfitted with a compact white camper in back, over which looms …  a sturdy steel rack carrying a canoe. A whole host of camping and fishing paraphernalia comes with it, so this vintage Ford is itching for action – its lightly travelled drivetrain makes such adventures a definite option.”

The interior looks to be in remarkably good condition, which serves to confirm the truck’s limited mileage. Everything works as it should, including the factory gauges and AM radio, according to the ad.

Ford“Take a glance inside the cabin and you’ll likely be surprised by just how fresh everything looks,” the dealer says. “The bench seat is well-padded for comfort and sports a cover that blends cloth and vinyl and fits nicely, and the floor below it is well-protected by a vinyl liner.

“This is an overall driving environment that’s in just the road-ready condition you’d want to get those journeys into the wilderness started with no delay.”

FordThe truck is powered by a 360cid V8 and 4-speed manual transmission, both believed to be original.  The engine compartment looks to be in very nice condition.

Ready for fishing, canoeing, camping or just communing with nature, the pickup is priced at a $21,995.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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